Prasad flays Centre on permitting EU team in Binayak Sen case
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Last Updated: Monday, January 24, 2011, 20:14
  
New Delhi: Senior advocate and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad Monday criticised the Centre for entertaining the plea of an European human rights delegation to witness bail proceedings of prominent civil rights activist Binayak Sen in the Chattisgarh High Court.

Terming the decision as "unfortunate" and "lack of inherent trust in the country's judicial system," Prasad regretted that the Centre did not protest against the request.

"It is unfortunate that the government of India and the Ministry of External Affairs has not protested. It involves a larger issue. The decision of the central government to an international body in a pending case shows lack of inherent trust in the country's strongest judicial system," he told reporters here.

61-year-old Sen, a paediatrician by profession, was convicted by a Chhattisgarh court for sedition and sentenced to life along with Naxal ideologue Narayan Sanyal and Kolkata businessman Piyush Guha.

His bail petition, which came up for hearing today in the high court, has been adjourned till Tuesday.

Incidentally, eminent lawyer and BJP MP Ram Jethmalani has announced that he would appear for Sen free of cost.

Prasad said the government did not reject the EU delegation's plea and had instead referred the request to the state which in turn had forwarded the same to the High Court.

The High Court had earlier in the day permitted the delegation to witness the proceedings.

"It is surprising that the government did not lodge a protest. What is the purpose of monitoring the court proceedings? Our judicial system is one of the best in the world. The PIL jurisdiction of our courts is the biggest contribution to the world," he said.

According to the EU, it had earlier informed the MEA that it intended to send representatives from its Delhi-based missions of Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Hungary, Sweden, the UK, and the EU, to attend the court hearing.

PTI


First Published: Monday, January 24, 2011, 20:14


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